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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The prevailing current of thought, influence, or activity: "You need not accept the nominee's ideology, only be able to locate it in the American mainstream” ( Charles Krauthammer).
  • adj. Representing the prevalent attitudes, values, and practices of a society or group: mainstream morality.
  • transitive v. To integrate (a student with special needs) into regular school classes.
  • transitive v. To incorporate into a prevailing group.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Used or accepted broadly rather than by a tiny fraction of a population or market.
  • n. That which is common; the norm.
  • v. To educate (a disabled student) together with non-disabled students.
  • v. To popularize, to normalize, to render mainstream.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The prevailing opinion or practise.
  • transitive v. TO place (a student) in regular school classes; -- used especially of mentally or physically handicapped children.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the prevailing current of thought

Etymologies

main +‎ stream (Wiktionary)

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